Top Sanders campaign official: He speaks for 'consciousness of this country'

A top campaign official for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE told Hill.TV on Thursday that the Democratic presidential candidate not only has both the right ideas to move the U.S. forward and the courage to carry them out.

“The senator is really speaking to the consciousness of this country,” Nina Turner, co-chairwoman Sanders's presidential campaign, told Hill.TV correspondent Jamal Simmons on Thursday. 

“We need that kind of leader — somebody who not just has the right ideas, but has the courage to carry [them] through,” she added. "The senator, certainly over the years, has proven himself as somebody who will stand up and not capitulate and will be right there for the working people of this country."

Turner’s comments came just hours before the third Democratic debate in Houston.

Sanders will be one of 10 candidates on the stage, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump says government to review 5M Kodak loan deal Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (D-Mass.).

All three are atop most national and statewide polls, often with Biden in the lead.

However, a recent HarrisX/No Labels survey found Sanders and Biden in a statistical tie in New Hampshire, a key early voting state.

The survey showed that 21 percent of likely Democratic primary voters supported Sanders, while 22 percent backed Biden, putting the two White House hopefuls within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn